Your Guide To Perfect DIY Dip Nails At Home

Check out your guide to perfect DIY Dip Nails at home! Today, I’m sharing with you one of the best beauty services I have done alone at home, and that you can do too! If you like perfectly polished nails but hate that nail polish last just a few days, then, you need to pay attention because this nail DIY will last a few weeks. I have tried doing my SNS dip powder nails once and it was an epic fail. But I quickly realized that I didn’t follow the steps exactly in the kit, which is kind of important if you want a fresh mani that looks professional. So, hopefully I can save you the drama, because honestly, doing your nails at home this way is pretty awesome.

Do. a DIY dip nail at home with these step-by-step instructions for perfectly acrylic powder nails with beauty and lifestyle blogger, Kendra Stanton.


At first, it might seem like you are spending a ton of money on supplies. But, you can get so many applications out of this list of Dip Nail supplies. Maybe go in with a girlfriend on the cost and have a nail party every few weeks. With that said, you get get a nail kit that has almost everything in it for under $50. I have a list of dip nail kits below too.


I’ve really loved the look of  Dip Nails ever since this trend became hot. I’m not a big fan of glitter and glam on the nails, so, the matte style of this new nail trend peaked by interest. Plus, I’m a busy mom, and I like the idea that they don’t come off easily. With that said, let’s be real, getting Dip Nails in a salon is going to cost you $45 every few weeks, and well, that’s $90 a month, plus tip and travel time. No thanks. I would rather do my own DIY Dip Nail at home than you very much, Unless someone wants to buy me a gift card, okay, I’ll totally do that. I will soooo do that.

Anyways, back to reality. I know your dyyy-inng to get to your guide to perfect DIY Dip Nails at home. Before I do though, let me tell you. little more about what Dip Nails are. They are basically a combination of false nails and the usual manicure but with extra-durability. Like way more durability. I swear I can do all of the home DIY’s around my house and not a nail will budge. Praise the Lord, and fact: you should definitely get some dip nail polish.

how to get DIY dip nails at home with these step-by-step instructions by beauty and lifestyle blogger, Kendra Stanton

The concept behind the dip nail polish is simple. It’s a powder that you literally dip your finger in, then proceed to the polishing to get the ideal nails. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you exactly how to get it done!
But before getting to that, let me reveal a small secret to you: the new dip nails trend isn’t really that new. In fact, it has been around for years. It is just the social media that re-created all the hype about it and introduced it to new fans.

You’ve probably seen dip powder nails hundreds of times on Instagram, the videos are everywhere and so dang cool to watch that they are addicting! The process looks smooth as the manicurist applies the dip powder coat on the perfectly shaped nail. So, all to say, here is how to get perfect DIY dip nails at home.


What DIY Dip Powder Nail Kit to Get

I used the Quick Dip Starter Kit, but there are a ton of Dip Nail kits you can get on Amazon that have high rating and are the exact same steps here. You could try the Lavender Violets powder dip set that has really high ratings. Check out the Mefa dip powder acrylic brand that’s pretty inexpensive with good ratings on Amazon, and the ANC Dip Powder Kit.

I wanted to my dip powder kit to have neutral shades, but, you can go wild if you want with tons of SNS colors. There is a bit of a learning curve when you first try doing your nails with powdered acrylic, so, until you get the hang of things, I would suggest choosing a nail color that is neutral.

How to get perfect DIY Dip Nails at home

Tips before you get started: Before you start, there are a few thing’s you should know. It will take you about a 1/2 hour for you to do your DIY dip nails at home. So, be prepared. Next, I am writing out every single step so that you don’t have to try and figure it out. When I was trying to figure it out for myself, all of the instructions were pretty basic, and hard to follow as a newbie nail person. I’m not a nail professional and, if you’re reading this, I’m sure you aren’t either.

Step 1: Starting with the basics, wipe off polish (if you already have it on) and gently push back and remove any excess cuticles for your dip nail polish to last longer, shape your nails with a file. You also want to make sure that you clean out underneath your nails. You can always soak your nail for a few minutes in soapy water and this helps your nails to get even cleaner and prepped for you dip powder nail DIY.

step one, buff your nails for your DIY dip nail at home.

Prep your nail for DIY dip nail with alcohol or SNS prep solution.

Step 2: Then, buff your nails quickly and brush off your nail surface before sanitizing them with a bit of alcohol or antiseptic, or the nail prep bottle that comes in most dip nail kits.

Step three for DIY dip nail, make sure to spread the resin or base coat down the center of your nail avoiding the base and the sides. You want to stay right in the center.

Step 3. With that done, now it’s time to apply your base coat. This base coat is the gel, or the resin. It’s typically the base and the top coat. In small gentle strokes, spread a layer of resin afterwards down the center of your nail bed stopping before you get the base of the nail and the sides of your nail. This is a really important thing to do in order to get the best results from your at home DIY dip nail experience. Trust me, I’ve done it wrong a few times. Learn from my mistakes.

DIY dip nail step four, just place your finger in the powder and roll it around for 3 to 5 seconds.

Step 4: Dip your nail into the jar of your chosen powder, and keep it there for a few seconds with some slow rolls from time to time (about 5 secs would be perfect). Then, shake off the excess powder off your nail.

Step 5: Repeat step 3 and 4 except apply the gel starting at the base of the nail and make sure you get the edges of your nail as well. Side note, if you get any of the gel on your skin, make sure you wipe it off.

step 10 for amazing sns dip nails at home

Step 7: Next, apply the base/top coat gel, resin to the entire nail. Each company has a different name for it, but it’s the resin or gel formula.

SNS dip nail step for top coat.

Step 8: Apply the gel activator to your nails.

Step 9: Buff the top of your nails and smooth them out so with a buffer or with an electric buffer/nail file like I used. Make sure to get all of the edges of your nail so that everything is nice and smooth. Then rinse of your nails and dry them. Or, you can get a fluffy nail duster brush and wipe off the excess powder that way too.

Step 10: Last, apply another coat of gel/resin, give it a few minutes to dry, and you are good to go! Your nails will last you a few weeks and you don’t have to worry about them coming off or having to re-paint them like normal nail polish. Yay!

Give it a try and have fun showing off that fresh-mani and also, living your day without worrying about chipped nail polish or having to get an appointment with the manicurist. You can get it all done by yourself now! Yassss!

How to remove your perfect DIY Dip Nails at home

Step 1: Use a file and remove the top coat.

Step 2 .Soak a cotton ball in acetone.

Step 3.Place the cotton ball on the nail and wrap it in a foil sheet.

Step 4. Let your nail soak for 10-15 mins.

Step 5. Last, take off the foil and wipe off the excess with the acetone.

It’s really important that you don’t rip off your acrylic powder nail because you don’t want damaged nails. Just do the steps above and you should be ready to do the process again to get your DIY dip nail on.

Now that I have my nails done, I feel fancy. There is nothing like having a fresh set of nicely manicured nails. I honestly just feel better about life in general. That’s maybe a slight exaggeration, but, you get it. In the end, I am totally doing my own DIY dip nails from here on out (unless…ya card situation). But really, this is a beauty treatment I can definitely do at home and skip the salon on.

Have you tried doing Dip Nails at home before? Let me know in the comments and tell me about your experience.



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